The term “heart dog” has become increasingly widespread over the last decade or so. Often referring to a special canine-human bond, a heart dog is that pup in your life who you’ve created a one-of-a-kind relationship with.
One might say that a heart dog offers companionship and love like no other creature can. Let’s explore the definition of “heart dog”, and what exactly this kind of relationship encompasses.
What is a heart dog?
My heart dog is Wynston. This is probably no surprise to those of you who have been following our journey for a while. Although I have five beautiful, amazing animals, Wynston is my “one and only.” I describe him as “my everything, my world.”
A heart dog can be compared to a human soulmate – you know that one person that you’ve found whom you want to spend the rest of your life with? A heart dog is similar.
I would absolutely say that Wynston is my canine soulmate. I literally include him in every aspect of my life. I take his well-being into consideration before everything. A heart dog is that doggo who you could probably never compare another dog to. I always say that I will most likely not get another Chihuahua when Wynston passes away because there’s no way one could compare to him. It wouldn’t be fair to that other dog because I’d have preconceived notions about how I’d think they should behave and act.
Some people may not realize they have a heart dog until said dog leaves this Earth. You may not understand just how precious of a relationship you have with a dog until it’s gone. This is understandable, but it’s beneficial to realize you have a heart dog before they leave you. Why? Because you can cherish and embrace that bond while it’s still in existence.
How do I know if I have or have had a heart dog?
I like to say that I love my dogs equally, but I love Wynston differently. He’s the one I snuggle with at night. He’s the one I NEED to sleep with in my bed. He’s the one I love going on adventures with. He’s the one I take shopping and bring on lunch dates. Do you have a dog like this?
If you’re still grieving the loss of a dog whom passed away years ago, they may have been your heart dog. My cat Edison ran away in 2013 and I still cry over him. I’m still grieving. He was without a doubt my heart cat.
A heart dog is that one incredible canine who comes around once in a lifetime and completely changes everything. That dog is your heart. They fulfill the role of offering unconditional love and they close any gaps of loneliness.
It didn’t become apparent to me that Wynston was my heart dog until Khloee came into the picture. I realized that I had an incomparable bond with Wynston. It’s become more and more obvious to me over the years that Wynston is my heart dog. I’ve embraced it to the point of encouraging others to delve deeper into their relationships with a heart dog because it’s such an amazing phenomenon. I want to nurture the bond I have with Wyn while he’s alive, that way when he passes I know that I literally lived my life with him to the fullest extent.
Not everyone gets to experience the relationship with a heart dog. I believe you need to be open to the idea and possibility. Perhaps you’ve had dogs for a long time but you’re still waiting for your heart dog to come into the picture. If you have or have had a heart dog, tell me about them in the comments!